An armed home invader is dead and police are hunting for two others after they broke into a house in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and were fired upon by a woman inside the home with a gun.
“She exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property,” Cpl. Deon Washington of the Gwinnett County Police Department told WSB-TV.
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Home-security cameras show the men kicking down the front door and brazenly scurrying through the home with weapons drawn, flipping on lights in the hallway and kitchen and flinging open doors.
Approximately one minute after they enter, a woman appears from behind a stack of boxes in the front room and begins blasting away, the ricocheting bullets causing chunks of drywall to scatter through the air.
The invaders take off running, with two racing out the front door, while another scrambles through the kitchen and out the back of the home, crashing through a sliding glass door in the process.
Moments later, the stunned woman’s male companion enters the scene from a back hallway and removes the gun from her hand as she appears to call for help on her cellphone.
“Someone (came) in my house,” the woman told a 9-1-1 dispatcher after the suspects fled. “I don’t know how they (came) in … They’ve got a gun.”
Police found one of the suspects dead in the driveway. He was later identified as 28-year-old Atlanta resident Antonio Leeks.
Police believe robbery was the motive. The woman who fired the shots is the owner of a local Asian restaurant. The video shows the home filled with business supplies, including several packages of what appear to be paper towel or toilet-paper rolls.
Police released the surveillance video and the 9-1-1 audio tapes on Thursday, a week after the incident.
“It’s not common that we receive this caliber of surveillance video showing the crime unfold, an actual home invasion,” Washington said.